How to work with recruiters to land your dream job

Their job is to find good candidates for their clients. Here are 5 best practices of working with recruiters who will get you a great job.

It can be a daunting task when it comes to looking for a great job in Japan. Some of the best available jobs in the competitive Japanese market may not be featured publicly or, alternatively, you may not be searching for them in the right way.

This is where a recruitment firm can come in to offer valuable guidance and support, and help you find a great job. Headhunters have a wide array of contacts and are adept at matching professionals to the right company fit. Here are some best practices to remember when you’re working with recruiters:

Stand out

First and foremost, make it easy for recruiters to find you. Start by posting your resume onto the recruiting firm’s website directly or on job sites.

Next, develop an elevator pitch summarising your key strengths and experiences. This will come in handy where you pitch yourself to a potential employer. Be it networking at industry events or making a strong presence online – you would want to be visible for the right reasons.

Be direct

During your first meeting with a recruiter or recruiting agency, give a detailed outline of your career goals. Lay out the types of positions, salary packages and locations you’d consider. Establish what are your non-negotiables and the areas where you’re willing to make a compromise.

All these would go into making your recruiter’s work easier and you can be sure you would most certainly be top of mind when a suitable opening comes up.

Honesty pays

Avoid exaggerating – or worse, lying. Your recruiter can’t do a good job of matching job to candidate unless you’re upfront about your skills, education and work history. Also keep in mind that honesty and loyalty are very important in Japanese culture.

You can depend on reputable agencies to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when discussing your professional background with potential employers. Be sure to let your recruiter know if you are going for other interviews that are not arranged by him too. That’ll help avoid possible miscommunication down the line.

Keep it professional

Do not harass your recruiter incessantly about updates for the interview you just had. Remember that the recruiter is juggling multiple clients and candidates at any one time, and the last thing they need is someone constantly on their case. Check in with your headhunter at regular intervals, but be respectful of their time and any updates they are able to pass on to you.

Pay it forward

Don’t treat your relationship with your recruiter as a one-off after you have snagged the job. Continue to be of value by recommending your peers or members of your network to them. Chances are this will help your recruiter to remember you when the next career opportunity comes along.

Recruiters can be strong allies in your career advancement. They can help review your resume, offer interview tips, update you on industry trends and provide precious insider tips to help you get a great job in the tough Japanese market. Once you experience the benefits of working with recruiters, you’d definitely want to cultivate a long-lasting relationship with a good recruiter.